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2011 Senate Bill 502: Give liquor licenses to public university and colleges’ commercial meeting facilities

Public Act 249 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on June 21, 2011, to authorize liquor licenses for commercial conference and meeting facilities operated by any Michigan community college or state university. Current law authorizes liquor licenses for universities or colleges named in the statute.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on June 21, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on August 24, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on September 7, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that limits colleges and universities to only serving alcohol at activities that "further the college's or university's community or academic mission," and not "public and private gatherings or meetings that do not have a direct correlation" to the academic mission. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 7, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on September 21, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 21, 2011.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 21, 2011, to authorize liquor licenses for commercial facilities operated by any Michigan community college or state university, but only for alcohol served at activities that "further the college's or university's community or academic mission," and not "public and private gatherings or meetings that do not have a direct correlation" to the school's academic mission. This refers to commercial meeting facilities that some schools have created which compete with private sector facilities.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 21, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on September 21, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on October 12, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on October 26, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 26, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on October 26, 2011, to strip out a provision banning a college or university hospitality service with a liquor license from having a catering license. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 26, 2011.
  4. Passed 105 to 3 in the House on October 27, 2011, to authorize liquor licenses for commercial facilities operated by any Michigan community college or state university, but only for alcohol served at activities that "further the college's or university's community or academic mission," and not "public and private gatherings or meetings that do not have a direct correlation" to the school's academic mission. This refers to commercial meeting facilities that some schools have created which compete with private sector facilities.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on November 1, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on November 8, 2011, to strip out a provision that prohibits a college or university from operating a liquor-serving operation that unfairly competes with private sector businesses. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 8, 2011.
  6. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 8, 2011, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, except without a provision that prohibits a college or university from operating a liquor-serving operation that unfairly competes with private sector businesses.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the House on November 8, 2011.
  8. Passed 79 to 28 in the House on November 10, 2011, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which stripped-out a provision that prohibits a college or university from operating a liquor-serving operation that unfairly competes with private sector businesses.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 8, 2011.

Comments

Re: 2011 Senate Bill 502 (Give liquor licenses to public university and colleges’ commercial meeting facilities )  by rovvon on July 10, 2012 
I am sorry but I am not agreeing with this bill. Allowing this will send the right message. I don't see what does alcohol have in common with an university environment. I'd really appreciate some laws that would be more focused on young students. You need a lot of support to prepare for your MBA, I think that's more important than approving alcohol in this context.


Re: 2011 Senate Bill 502 (Give liquor licenses to public university and colleges’ commercial meeting facilities )  by albaby2 on October 29, 2011 

 Why not let those schools with nurse training courses let the students write medical marijuana prescriptions. You could set up a pot dispensary at the schools too. Think how much money that could rake in. Get with the flow!



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 502 (Give liquor licenses to public university and colleges’ commercial meeting facilities )  by albaby2 on June 27, 2011 

 Can't hardly conduct a meeting without a mind altering substance present. I'd also suggest allowing meducal marijuana smoking at the meeting halls. Don't want to deprive anyone of relief from the pain of having to endure those things.



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